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posted by martyb on Saturday May 21 2016, @03:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the when-'no'-means-'yes' dept.

Two Soylentils wrote with a caution about a new strategy in Microsoft's playbook to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you Click on the Red "X", You're Getting the Windows 10 Upgrade

That pesky Windows 10 forceware box...

This notification means your Windows 10 upgrade will occur at the time indicated, unless you select either Upgrade now or "Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade". If you click on OK or on the red "X", you're all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do.

New Windows 10 Nag Screen May Trick 7, 8.x Users

Windows 7 or 8.x users that want or need to hold on to their current operating systems may be in for a very unpleasant surprise. Microsoft has essentially changed their Windows 10 update notification from a very pushy "opt-in" to an "opt-out". The new notification automatically schedules a time to receive Windows 10. Clicking the "X", as many have gotten used to, no longer prevents installation. Those that do not pay close attention to this new notification may inadvertently wind up with Windows 10 even if they did not want it. Very sneaky stuff.

Microsoft has published an offical article describing the changes.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by SomeGuy on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:47PM

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:47PM (#349133)

    I can't believe any smart tech company would be so stupid as to push such a risky move so hard. Upgrading is a major move, with all kinds of potential to break all sorts of things that were working fine.

    I have a suspicion that this is our first real taste of Microsoft's "rapid release" plans. Basically, these recent actions from Microsoft make it clear Windows is no longer a platform for which developers can reliably write very long term supported software.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Dunbal on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:09PM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:09PM (#349194)

    The don't want anyone writing software anymore. They want to lease you their "cloud" software.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by gmrath on Saturday May 21 2016, @08:22PM

      by gmrath (4181) on Saturday May 21 2016, @08:22PM (#349243)

      It's not so much about folks writing software just so long as the folks that do write software work for them. It is more about Microsoft and I'll bet many other companies, too, wanting to generate predictable revenue streams to impress investors. So they no longer want to make a one-time sale, but want to sell subscriptions ("software as a service"). This has been the dream for years, no doubt: How to channel EveryOne into monthly or yearly subscriptions, not merely businesses paying license fees. The downside for end users: you don't make a payment, your software won't work and your data is in limbo, unreachable, held hostage. Another big downside for you, the user: Microsoft apparently can upload anything it wants from your system so they can "improve the user experience" which likely means your data will be sold to advertisers without your permission so they can send "targeted ads" and the like to you that you can't stop, et cetera, et cetera. Can't think of any upside for the end user.

      But how they are going about this seems heavy-handed. Sort of like a couple of big guys in dark suits, fedoras, and sunglasses walking into your business one night, looking around and saying, "Really nice place you got here. Be a real shame if something bad happened to it. For a monthly fee, we'll see that it stays nice and safe. Oh, and by the way, one of the boys will stay here to see who comes and goes; maybe we'll approve and maybe we won't. Don't like it, well . . . "

  • (Score: 2) by JNCF on Saturday May 21 2016, @08:08PM

    by JNCF (4317) on Saturday May 21 2016, @08:08PM (#349232) Journal

    Maybe they're figuring that Windows developers will mostly switch to using the shiny new built-in Ubuntu environment, which should have way fewer breaking changes over time?